Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops

Carol Soderlund

An artist and educator for 25 years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from blending yellow, red, and blue dyes led to the creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student, and also teaches simple methods for reproducing color on cloth. 

A former high school teacher, Carol loves to develop original course material and share this knowledge with her students. Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.  

Carol is co-author of
Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa. She has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.  

Carol’s web site
New classes created for the Crow Barn Timber Frame Barn!
Carol has developed two NEW exciting classes for participants wanting to achieve a more sophisticated range of flat and glowing solids for their own compositional work. Students will learn how to get the results they want.
  • • October 8-13, 2017 | Layers upon Layers

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    Layers upon Layers
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full as soon as possible
    Crow Timber Frame Barn fabric dyeing classes
    Distressed surfaces are endlessly fascinating to artists. Weathered doorways, crumbling walls, eroding hillsides, peeling paint, and rusted metal grab our attention as they partially reveal and partially conceal. These surfaces speak of time and of process. They open the door to our inner thoughts and invite us in.....

    In this class we will develop experimental approaches to the layering of color and visual texture on cloth. Students will choose to develop either
    • 20-30 smaller (fat quarter sized) pieces displaying a range of techniques, but visually related in color themes
    • 4-6 larger pieces (1 yard or more) that focus on one or two aspects of the processes presented and use related imagery

    We will use natural fibers, primarily cotton and silk, both opaque and sheer. We will build layers on the cloth, considering the effects of
    • layering translucent dye and opaque paint
    • layering value and hue
    • layering textures in low water immersion
    • layering textures created by resists
    • layering stitch and patch

    To develop the vision, we will brush and screen, mask and monoprint onto white pfd OR onto previously dyed, patched, and stitched cloth, using any or all of the following:
    • Procion MX fiber reactive dyes
    • soy wax and corn dextrin as watersoluble resists
    • acrylic-based paints and mediums
    • discharge paste
    Crow Timber Frame Barn fabric dyeing classes
    Crow Timber Frame Barn fabric dyeing classes

    (Please label your own supplies)

    Choosing fabric to bring:
    PFD is cotton that is Prepared For Dyeing, that is, it has no fabric finishes, sizing, etc. that can prevent dye uptake. Unfortunately, these fabric finishes can rarely be completely removed by prewashing, so dyeing ordinary white cloth will not give nearly as good results as dyeing pfd.

    Places to order:,

    If you plan to hand-stitch any of the cloth, the pfd called “print cloth” is a good choice, as the lower thread count makes it easier to needle. All
    types of pfd are fine for machine work.

    Bring your choice of pfd cotton, silk, linen, or rayon - or a combination of all of these - a minimum 5 yards. Sheer silk organza (one yard or more, if you like) will be useful for layering experiments. Carol will have some available for purchase. Some people love scrim and cheesecloth, too. Also bring 2-3 yards washed muslin or extra pfd to use as an under-cloth when printing.

    Previously dyed fabrics (optional): If you have dyed cloth previously, bring some “dogs” - hand-dyes that you would like to change radically
    by overdyeing or overprinting.

    From around the house, or the office supply store:
    • notebook and pen
    • 20+ sheet protectors for handouts
    • 1” three-ring binder
    • stapler and staples
    • Sharpie or other permanent marker that will write on plastic
    • a handful of strong rubber bands

    From around the house:
    • old clothes or a paint smock to wear
    • rubber gloves - both the thin nitrile or latex ones from the pharmacy, and the heavier dishwashing kind
    • old towel or paper towels for cleanups at your table
    • small pair scissors or snips, seam ripper
    • embroidery floss and pearl cotton in white or light colors
    • embroidery needles to use with the above thread
    • scissors to cut paper and plastic
    • 6-10 cups for dye mixing (8-16 oz)
    • 2 cottage cheese-type containers (16 oz)
    • 1 set measuring spoons (tsp, tbsp, etc.) from the dollar store (to be used for dyeing only in future)
    • 12 plastic picnic spoons for stirring
    • 1 box Ziploc freezer bags, 1 gallon size

    From around the house, or maybe the hardware store:
    • stamps, Thermofax screens, stencils, sponges, or other favorite tools (I will also bring some for class use)
    • flat objects for texture: Some ideas include plastic fencing, dish drainers, flat grids, low relief plastic, metal, or rubber objects such as tile spacers, rubber washers, etc. Fill a Ziploc bag with them. If you have no clue about this, don’t worry, because I will have lots for student use!
    • tools for applying wax: empty metal can for making circles, other found objects to dip into wax and stamp with such as cookie cutters, potato mashers, hardware items, etc. Again, I will have lots for student use!
    • two 5 gallon buckets - if you are driving
    • masking tape in 1” and 2” widths - the ordinary, not BLUE tape!
    • duct tape (we will use a half roll or less)
    • 1 plastic drop cloth, at least 2 mil in thickness
    • 3-4 brushes: a 2” foam brush and cheap bristle “chip” brushes, 2” and 3” size
    • (optional) respirator equipped with acid gas or multi-gas filter if you wish to do discharging. I use the household filter from Lowe’s:

    The Silkscreen:
    If you have a silkscreen that is blank, not imaged, bring that.

    If you do not have a silkscreen, I will order one for you, and have it shipped in time for our workshop. Buying a screen in this manner will allow us to have a discount for a group buy, and free shipping to the workshop. This is not included in the supply fee, but you can pay me in class. In previous classes when I have done this, students really liked the convenience and value.

    We will be using a screen such as this one from Dick Blick:

    The Thermofax screen:
    The last item to discuss is the Thermofax screen. I will use my Thermofax machine to make one screen for each student as part of the supply fee. You can use your own imagery, or choose from Thermofax screens I have designed.

    A Thermofax screen is a very simple way to print personal imagery on your cloth, and can be used with paints, dyes, or discharge pastes.

    I am sending you a separate information sheet on Thermofax screens six weeks ahead of the workshop, so that if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn more about them. I will need to hear from you about your choice of design by
    September 25, 2017. This is all covered in the information sheet I will send you.

    Materials fee:
    The materials fee includes Procion MX dyes and auxiliaries, fabric paints, soy wax and corn dextrin, Thermofax screens, and tools for student use, and complete written instructions.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Carol
  • • October 15-20, 2017 | Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing

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    Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced - Some previous experience with Procion MX dyes required
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full as soon as possible
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    In this workshop we will be delving into the relationship between color and light. As David Hornung says in his book Color:

    “The relationship between color and light is one of the most powerful aspects of two dimensional art. Light itself has a mysterious psychological effect. To see light appear to emanate from within a group of colors is an arresting visual experience.”

    Of course, as artists in cloth, we want to translate these ideas to fabric, creating cloth that can convey pure, glowing color, that appears luminous when used, and creating partnered hues that are less glowing, less luminous, ready to be used as contrast in compositions.

    To this end, students will learn
    three methods of creating flat/glowing pairs in hand-dyed cloth with Procion MX dyes, using color recipes provided as well as color inspiration they bring from personal inspiration files such as paint chips, photographs, and swatches.

    In addition, we will learn
    four ways to create solid or nearly solid fabrics—two using low water immersion techniques and two using machines. To this end, Carol will bring tabletop machines for student use, and will discuss the methods of using larger machines for solid color dyeing. Students will dye up to one yard cuts of fabric pairs, testing the various methods presented.

    Swapping and sharing of color recipes and samples will follow, so that students will emerge with a notebook of flat/glowing pairs and how to achieve them in their own studio practice, as well as yards of paired flat/glowing cloth.

    Sustainability in dyeing has become an increasingly important topic. Methods of water conservation, both in dyeing and washout processes will be addressed.

    (Please label your own supplies)

    • 10-12 yards fabric for further dye explorations
    PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric recommended. In addition to cotton, you may bring some silk, rayon, linen or tencel. • • Optional: samples of your dyed fabric and/or photos of your work

    Office supplies:
    • notebook for note taking and a pen
    • pencil with a working eraser or a separate eraser
    • three-ring binder: 1” thick
    • 40 CLEAR page protectors (buy in bulk at office supply store) - do not buy those that have holes through the main section of the page protector. You want the ones with holes through a band on the margin.
    • Scotch double sided tape 1/2” wide - enough to total
    30 yards of tape
    • masking tape
    • stapler plus extra staples
    • Sharpie (permanent marker)
    • calculator

    Cutting tools:
    • small pair scissors for paper and one for fabric
    • rotary cutter - bring a fresh straight blade as you will cut through numerous layers at once. The large (60 mm) cutters work the best for this. The 45 mm cutters can work but you must have arm strength.
    • rotary cutting mat - 11” x 17” or larger
    • Quilter’s plexiglas ruler - 6” x 12” is suggested size. Must be at least 12” long
    • Optional: June Tailor Shape Cut ruler - the large size with slots at least 11” long
    Sign up for JoAnn’s newsletters and they will send you 40% off coupons. The Shape Cut Ruler WILL NOT WORK for this class unless you have the 60 mm cutter, because of the number of layers we cut.
    • Optional: bed risers for raising tables for cutting. The Barn has quite a few of these.

    Plastic containers:
    If you are flying, these items can be obtained at the grocery store after arriving. Check with Carol first, because there may be extra supplies of these available.
    • 15 plastic party cups and 10 plastic picnic spoons - 16 oz. clear cups are nice, but the red Solo cups are fine
    • one plastic orange juice bottle - 1.79 L Simply Orange brand (or limeade, etc.)
    • three 6 or 8 oz. pointy top bottles - these will hold your dye supply at your table
    • one plastic shoebox - measures about 13.5 x 8.2 x 4.8 inches. The exact size is not important…this is for reference.

    Other items:
    • Straight pins for use on design wall
    • Iron and ironing pad, or old terry towel - if you are driving
    • adhesive lint roller from the dollar store
    • rubber gloves - both the loose dishwashing kind that extend up the arm, and the close-fitting latex or nitrile kind
    • one roll paper towels, and one old towel for wiping spills - if you are driving
    • two 3-5 gallon buckets - if you are driving
    • one large strong plastic spoon - at least 12” long - straight, not bent is better
    • one box of one gallon ziploc bags
    • apron or old clothes
    • graduated cylinders - if you have some from previous classes, bring your 10, 50 and 100 ml cylinders. I will bring extra cylinders to share.
    • one or two high density foam rollers from the painting department of the housewares store
    • Panda washing machine - Carol will bring a number of these machines for class use. However, if you are driving and want to bring your own, feel free.

    Materials fee:
    The materials fee covers all the dyes and necessary chemicals, handouts and swatch book pages, and all the fabric necessary for the sample book. Carol will bring a variety of other equipment to use in class.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Carol

  • • 2017 Fall class tuition and Meal plan
    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class for Fall 2017 (except Claire Benn’s Working with Intent class - see info below):
    • $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full as soon as possible

    Tuition & Meal plan for
    Claire Benn’s Working with Intent class (limited to 14 participants):
    • $1025 - Tuition ($785) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full as soon as possible

    • Note: Some of the workshops have an additional fee for materials & facility usage. Each class description indicates whether there is an additional fee. Material/facility fees are due with the final payment.

    Meal plan
    During the art retreats, Margaret Wolf, will prepare fabulous gourmet lunches and dinners plus a coffee/snack break daily during each week of class. The meal plan is provided so participants may concentrate fully on their work without being bothered by the interruption and inconvenience of cooking for themselves. The break times present a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, share ideas, and just relax together in this wonderful environment.

    The meal plan includes an opening night welcome dinner, five lunches, five afternoon coffee/pastry breaks, and four more dinners during the duration of the workshop. Coffee, tea and water will be served during these break times. Participants are responsible for any other beverage choices, such as soda pop, beer, wine, milk or bottled water.

    Please keep in mind that if anyone chooses not to participate in the meal plan, they are solely responsible for all of their meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages. The kitchen facilities are reserved for the resident chef. There is a microwave and a refrigerator in the wet studio for student use. Most restaurants are at least a 20 minute drive away from the barn.

    Please note: Due to facility limitations, meal plans are available only for workshop participants.
  • • Accommodations
    Recommended accommodations & offering special rates:

    Hampton Inn, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Please ask for "Nancy Crow Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-864-8383 or book online

    Best Western, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    All suites hotel with separate living area and bedroom. Offers complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, heated indoor pool, exercise room, & business center. Call 614-860-9804 to book and ask for “Nancy Crow Workshop” special rate.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Reynoldsburg (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    Please ask for "Crow Barn Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-861-8888 or Email the manager

    The Morgan Theater Home, Baltimore, Ohio (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, mention Crow Barn)
    Former silent movie theater converted into a private residence. Three rooms for rent include free cable TV & free high speed internet access. Kitchen/refrigerator/stove & all "kitchen stuff" available. Phone: 740-862-4765 or Email

    Rosabella B & B, Millersport, Ohio (10 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn; mention Crow Barn)
    Beautifully restored 1850s Italianate farmhouse is surrounded by farm fields. Breakfast included. The grounds include a wrap-around porch, hammock, patio, pool, hot tub, and fire pit. Phone: 740-467-3580

    Other accommodations, please negotiate your own weekly rates:

    AirBnB options in the area near the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    City of Lancaster, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Hampton Inn, 740-654-2999, clean and quiet
    City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Fairfield Inn, 614-864-4555

    Campgrounds near the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    Rippling Stream Campground, Baltimore, OH, 740-862-6065, (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    KOA Campground, Buckeye Lake, OH, 740-928-0706, (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
  • • Miscellaneous information
    • Please let us know if you would like a roommate. We will try to match you with another participant to share accommodations.

    Travel to and from the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • The Barn is located near Baltimore, Ohio (southeast of Columbus, Ohio)
    • Please keep in mind that there is not a shuttle service to and from the motels to the farm, therefore please arrange a rental car or carpool with another participant.
    • Port Columbus (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio, is the major airport serving the area (30 minute drive to the Barn)

    Rental sewing machines, cutting mats & lamps
    • Bernina sewing machines are available for $75 per 5-day class.
    • Cutting mats are available for $15 per 5-day class.
    • Lamps are available for $15 per 5-day class.

    Formal class hours
    • Monday-Friday: 9-12 and 2-5 daily
    (Classrooms are open 7 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm Friday)

    Professional facilities
    Each student is provided with a large work table, an 8’ x 8’ work wall, and a comfortable chair. Classrooms are well illuminated and are open from early morning until late in the evening, plus the classrooms have air conditioning & heating. The surface design/dye studio at the Crow Timber Frame Barn includes large padded tables, lots of light (natural and color-corrected bulbs), 3 commercial stainless steel sinks, & washer/dryer. All facilities are non-smoking.

    Mailing list
    If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming art retreats, please send your contact info.

    Questions? Email
Images of Carol Soderlund, student work and classes at the Crow Timber Frame Barn